Prices of soft drinks rise amid FX woes, inflationary pressure

Prices of soft drinks are on the rise as the industry continues to grapple with the fallout from macroeconomic headwinds induced by the drop in oil price. Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC), the More »

How brewers are selling beer with folklore

As Nigeria’s recession deepens and consumers pockets are squeezed, majority of those still drinking have shifted their beer preferences to value or low cost brands. Nigerian Breweries Plc, the country’s leading brewer More »

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Mexico readies for a fight with Heineken on alleged misuse of protected name ‘Tequila’

Mexico’s Tequila Regulatory Council (CRT) is preparing for a drawn-out legal battle against Heineken N.V. over what it alleges is the Dutch brewer’s use of the word “Tequila”, a protected name on its Desperados Lager beer when the brew does not contain the spirit.

We cannot permit someone unscrupulously to affect tequila’s prestige,” said Ramon Gonzalez, CRT Director-General.

Either they take the word tequila off it, or they put some tequila in”. If they refuse, “we’ll have no choice but to fight this in court,” he said.

Local cassava firm fills void left by drop in raw materials imports

PSALTRY International Company Limited, an Oyo State-based grower and processor of high-grade cassava starch is filling a void left by a drop in imports of raw materials used by local beverage companies and other Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) firms. The drop in imports has created a surge in demand for local cassava starch which is a close substitute of maltose, an ingredient used in beverages and other products. The surge in local demand was caused by a high dollar exchange rate precipitated by low oil price, a situation that has forced many local manufacturers to abandon imports of raw materials with local substitutes.

Nigerian Breweries targets 60% local raw material sourcing by 2020

The Nigerian Breweries (“NB”) Plc has said that it was making plans to increase sourcing of raw materials like sorghum, Food Grade Starch and others locally from 57 to 60 per cent by 2020.

Mr Patrick Olowookere, Corporate Communications and Brand Public Relations Manager, made the disclosure to newsmen during a facility tour in Ado Awaiye in Iseyin area of Oyo State on Wednesday.

“33” Export Lager unveils ‘City of Friends’ campaign as it seeks to deepen bond with consumers

“33″ Export Lager Beer, the premium beer brand from the stables of Nigerian Breweries Plc (“NB”), a Heineken company has unveiled yet another initiative called ‘City of Friends’ at the Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos. The event is a three-day long celebration that would feature some of Nigeria’s top entertainers.

NBC marks World Environment Day, reaffirms pledge to environmental sustainability

Nigerian Bottling Company Limited (NBC), the bottler of Coca-Cola products in Nigeria has reiterated its resolve to environmental sustainability as it celebrated this year’s World Environment Day.

While observing the global day for environment in Nigeria on the 5th of June 2017, the company participated in tree planting exercises, sensitization walks and other programmes in recognition of the environment and in line with the global theme for 2017 World Environment Day – Connect with Nature.

Excitement among secondary school teachers reaches fever pitch as MTOY 2017 deadline looms

The search for 2017 Maltina Teacher of the Year (MTOY) has gathered increased momentum as more teachers across the country have been taking advantage of the opportunity by visiting the MTOY website to submit their entries.

Organisers of the MTOY and various stakeholders in the nation’s education sector had, at the flag-off of the event last month, encouraged teachers in both public and private secondary schools to participate in the innovative award aimed at rewarding teachers and the teaching profession in the country.

Arla Foods restates commitment to safe, affordable food as it unveils Global Innovation Centre

Leading global dairy firm, Arla Foods has reaffirmed its commitment to addressing the growing need of people around the world, including Nigeria, for nutritious, tasty, safe and affordable food products. The company also promised to continuously participate in finding solutions for the global challenges related to obesity, under-nutrition, environment and climate.

Heineken Beer Heiress Is Considering Her Successor

Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken was put on the spot in 2002, when her father died. Freddy Heineken had transformed the family beer company into one of the world’s largest brewers. Upon his death, de Carvalho-Heineken, his only child and sole heir, inherited 100 million shares of the company—a 25% stake—which gave her voting control. In a matter of a few days, the mother of five, who at the time was living as a housewife in London, had to decide whether to take up the role her father had played.

Guinness Nigeria appoints Viola Graham-Douglas as new Corporate Relations Director

Guinness Nigeria Plc announced on Thursday the appointment of Viola Graham-Douglas as its new Corporate Relations Director. She takes over from Sesan Sobowale who left the company in March/April. Her appointment became effective on 1st June 2017.

According to information provided by the company, Mrs. Graham-Douglas began her career in the banking industry in Nigeria and worked in varied roles with reputable banks. She later joined Lafarge Africa Plc, formerly WAPCO Cement, as Treasury Manager, and subsequently became the company’s Secretary/Head of Corporate Services before moving to Lafarge Group Headquarters in Paris. She also served as Managing Director, Atlas Cement, a subsidiary of Lafarge, as well as Country Communications Director before accepting her new role as Guinness Nigeria’s Corporate Relations Director.

Lagos High Court to rule on N96.8m award granted Obanikoro against NBC

An Ikeja, Lagos High Court has set 11th July, 2017 to rule on a motion brought before it by the Nigerian Bottling Company Limited (NBC), bottlers of the famed Coca-Cola soft drinks. The company is seeking to set aside an order of garnishment placed on its accounts at five banks in respect to a N96.8m judgment awarded in favour of former Senator and Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro.